Born in New York and raised in Florida, I received my Doctorate of Musical Arts (2019) and Master of Music Performance (2016) degrees in clarinet performance at Arizona State University, where I worked closely with Dr. Robert Spring and Dr. Joshua Gardner for four years. In addition, I have a Bachelor of Music (2014) in clarinet performance from Florida State University where I studied with Dr. Frank Kowalsky and Dr. Deborah Bish.
During my time at Arizona State University, I retained one of two coveted clarinet studio teaching assistant positions, where I taught in a variety of capacities, including but not limited to undergraduate clarinet lessons, secondary clarinet lessons, music education courses, and a technique class of my own creation. My doctoral project, "A Program of Study for 21st Century Clarinet Techniques Featuring Five New Compositions for Unaccompanied Clarinet", is focused on pedagogy and the creation of teaching repertoire for some contemporary techniques.
Recently relocated to Annapolis, MD I am an active teacher and performer in the area. I've been honored to perform with ensembles including the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Hawaiian Band, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Boys Choir, and the top ensembles at ASU. I've held master classes with the Phoenix Youth Symphony and at the University of Central Arkansas, and performed lecture recitals at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sacramento State University, San Jose State University, and the University of Hawaii. In 2018, I won 2nd prize at the Arizona chapter of the National Society for Arts and Letters Woodwind Competition, and I have performed world premieres of newly commissioned clarinet duos with my colleague and friend Shengwen Wu at the 2018 and 2019 International ClarinetFests. From 2018-2020 I taught as Co-Curricular Faculty (Clarinet) at Punahou School (HI) in addition to playing regularly with the Royal Hawaiian Band.
My full CV may be found here.